BALTIMORE — In a room full of the top Hispanic American police command officers in the country, only one would merit the association's top honor, and Hector Hernandez also happens to be in charge of the Secret Service protection afforded to Vice President Mike Pence and his family.
"He is deserving of this award for many reasons – for a record of public service that is truly extraordinary, but I think he's also deserving of it, because he has a heart,” said Pence at the Embassy Suites Inner Harbor and the Grand in downtown Baltimore, “To know Hector Hernandez is to know a man who loves his family and loves his country and loves his God."
Pence left the hotel on Saint Paul Place to visit with agents of the ICE Baltimore field office at the Baltimore Custom House, praising them for the jobs they do.
The Vice President said even though the country is building 400 miles of wall along the southern border, it is the local agents' work, which goes unnoticed at times.
"We recognize that you're facing unprecedented challenges from a security perspective, whether it be MS-13, whether it be the flow of illegal drugs, whether it be human trafficking, Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement is stepping up every day and saving lives and protecting the people of Maryland and protecting the people of this country and we're all truly grateful," said Pence.
During the Vice President's last visit in February, he toured the Port of Baltimore's Customs and Border Protection operations to witness the technologies used to screen imports and personal packages for drugs and other contraband that people are trying to slip into the country illegally.